Revoke his benefits as retired Head of State: Akila

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The United National Party (UNP) today said benefits given to former President Mahinda Rajapska as a retired Head of State should be taken back if he makes a comeback to politics.

UNP Deputy General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam told a news briefing that the former President is no longer legally entitled to all benefits which a retired Head of State.

Mr. Kariyawasam said he will not be affected at all as a UNP candidate for the Kurunegala District, even Mahind Rajapaksa contests from the same district. “Former President will be welcomed to contest from Kurunegala District,” he said while charging that he is facing an issue contesting from the Hambantota District.

The MP said the former President cannot contest from Hambantota as his son, former MP Namal Rajapaksa would be defeated if he wins. “ If the father wins, the son will lose, and therefore, the father will not contest from Hambantota,” he added.

Meanwhile, former Deputy Minister Earn Wickramaratne said the theme of the UNP campaign will be ‘Enna' (come) which is a call for people to join in the journey towards freedom. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 21

  • Sam Wednesday, 08 July 2015 04:51 AM

    When MR wins from Kurunegala you Mr Akila can retire and go home and enjoy privileges. What about CB , she is in politics and enjoy privileges.

    Booking Kata Wednesday, 08 July 2015 05:21 AM

    The next PM would not mind.

    Aquarius Wednesday, 08 July 2015 01:44 PM

    Why everyone wants to be a politician today is to make money and feel important! Do they need luxury vehicles and inflated salaries to serve their people? Which job gives you a life long pension after less than than years of employment? The mystery how all this is legal and who brought these into the constitution. Revoke these perks and see how many will come forward. The whole system is corrupt and only attracts the corrupt.

    nimal Wednesday, 08 July 2015 08:37 AM

    day dream for MR

    Push Wednesday, 08 July 2015 02:34 PM

    Good suggestion. But who is the ultimate decision making authority?

    Arjuna Ranawana Tuesday, 07 July 2015 10:23 PM

    Please do the same after tender his nomination

    Top Cat Wednesday, 08 July 2015 08:46 AM

    The problem might be that - The head may have retired but, the hands and legs appear to be trying to come back!!!

    Godaya Wednesday, 08 July 2015 09:11 AM

    You are right Hon. Akila, You cannot have the Cake and eat the cake!

    Nims Wednesday, 08 July 2015 09:11 AM

    All privileges offered all politicians must be withdrawn - including the pension. These idiots do rubbish for 6 years and get a huge pension much more than a poor government servant who worked for 40 years.

    The Man Wednesday, 08 July 2015 09:50 AM

    You Gob!1 she is not contesting.. only Supporting

    Shamantha Welgama Wednesday, 08 July 2015 09:50 AM

    Its true, it must be done, the issue is that only in our country, former and the now CJs Will have two different interpretation of the constitution. I have a doubt on these professionals integrity and objectivity when it comes to the professional judgments.

    Prem Nath Wednesday, 08 July 2015 09:57 AM

    In Sri Lanka its not difficult to have the cake and eat the cake.

    kind Wednesday, 08 July 2015 03:26 PM

    you are wrong .you must say eat the cake and have the cake.

    shirley Wednesday, 08 July 2015 10:12 AM

    all candidates must have same facilities. One cannot come with super facilities.

    Domiya Wednesday, 08 July 2015 10:12 AM

    As far as I know, she is not in politics. She is an advisor to the SLFP. Research first, then post sam. Be a responsible commentor.

    Shamantha Welgama Wednesday, 08 July 2015 10:42 AM

    Sam, The people in Kurunagala are better educated than you dear. Wednesday, 08 July 2015 11:44 AM

    If you all defeated him with his full benefits in the last presidential election why not this time with his lesser benefits?

    Nelsonlanka Wednesday, 08 July 2015 11:45 AM

    Who says so? Is it in the constitution? Thia is nothing but jealousy in the face of utter defeat!

    Chandra Wednesday, 08 July 2015 11:58 AM

    Purely jealous. via DM Android App

    Chanika Wednesday, 08 July 2015 03:44 AM

    Well said Akila. Former president cannot have all the benefits of a retired head of state as he is going to contest for a parliament seat.

    Gamini Wednesday, 08 July 2015 04:34 PM

    Akila,It is your opinion only. Decision is with the voters not with the hidden forces .

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